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How to survive when travelling with your partner

It is important where you travel to, but the most important thing is whom you travel with. For a long time I used to travel with a group of friends. We were experiencing all kinds of things and we got used to the long talks we had when drinking a bottle of wine or clubbing till 6 in the morning. Lately,  I just like to travel with my love, only the two of us. Traveling with your partner is a skill that needs to be mastered, especially if you have different personalities. You will be together for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There will be no job, gym time or other distraction that can give you time apart. Things like the ones mentioned below can easily happen and ruin your vacation and relationship: You are in a very chic terrace in Paris, one of the most romantic…

Staying at Cabana Ceas cu Cuc, in Breaza.

We are nature lovers and every time we have some days off, we try to enjoy the beauty of nature. Romania is a very beautiful country. We are blessed with majestic mountains, great seaside, splendid delta, secluded villages, history, culture, amazing people, great food, art and entertainment…and the list could go on. But a perfect weekend getaway is always in the mountains, or at least close to there. Cabana Ceas cu Cuc is a place of charm and immerse in the middle of nature. It is a family business run by some amazing people from Bucharest that have just started this rental. The cabin has a great location on the top of a hillside in Breaza, in Gura Beliei. It is surrounded by 4000 sqm of nature. Just imagine 4000sqm of orchards of different fruits, which stretch around the surrounding hills. The ideal place to get away from the busy…

Hiking the oldest Mountains in Romania, Macin Mountains

At the beginning of autumn, we decided to do an easy hike, together with our eight friends, in the north of Dobrogea, in the Macin Mountains. These are the oldest mountains in Romania and were formed about 300 million years ago. In the area there are quite few things that you can do, but of course the most important thing here is the National Park of Macin Mountains. You can hike, bike or have a fantastic wine tasting but we chose to take one of the many mountain trails. You don’t have to be in a spectacular physical shape because Macin mountain are old and easy to walk. The slopes are small and the paths are easy. The only thing you have to do is to have enough water with you, because there are not too many sources of water, and you also need to watch out for vipers. Everything…

Eagle’s lake (Lacul Vulturilor) in the Carpathian Mountains

The legend says that somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains there is a lake where eagles come in the spring to teach their youngest to fly. The lake is located at 1,420 meters altitude. For us, it was time for a weekend getaway and we preferred to spend it in the middle of nature by taking a hike in the Siriului Mountains. Saturday very early in the morning, we jumped in the car and drove to Buzau and then to Siriu Village at Cabana Valea Neagra (Back Valey Chalet) where we had our accommodation. We reached the chalet quite early in the morning and we were eager to start our hike. We choose the hike trail no. 3 (Red line) Trail 3: Gura Siriului- Valea Neagra -Saua Poarta Vanturilor (Red line) and then Lacul Vulturilor (Red Circle). The whole trail took around 7 hours. We walked through the forest of the Siriului Mountains…

How to find cheap flights

Because most of you asked me how to find cheap flights, I decided to write few basic tips about it. Most of the time, the flights prices have the biggest share of the travel budget, so it is very important to find a cheap one. First of all you have to know that this is not an exact science. Everything is so relative. If you want to travel cheap, you will have to understand that everything goes down to 3 things: You will need time  You will have to be available any time You have to be lucky Step 1 Use the best flights search engines. The next time you plan to fly and you are flexible about which airline to use, try using one of these online tools for searching flights. This search engines compare the prices of different airlines companies. We are using  skyscanner and momondo, but there…

A day trip to Lichadonisia Archipelago of Evia Island

Not so long ago I found out that there are some amazing islands in Greece that the locals call “Seychelles Islands” of Greece. Between the heights of the mountains and the turquoise water of the Aegean Sea, lays the second largest island of Greece, Evia.In the North of Evia Island there is a small Greek paradise still untouched by mass tourism called Lichadonisia Islands. Actually, there are seven islands and islets that appeared a long time ago after an earthquake. The biggest one is called Manolia, and it was the only one that had residents in the past. Of course, Greece has so many beautiful places to visit, but if you are looking for a day trip from Athens, a very beautiful place untouched by tourism, tranquility and beautiful blue sea then Lichadonisia Island is the perfect place. While in Athens we wanted to have a day trip somewhere quiet and…

Aegina Island

Only 20km away from Athens lies one of the most beautiful islands of Saronic archipelago. After a 40 minutes ride by fast ferry, you can step on Aegina island. It is perfect for a day-trip or weekend getaway destination from Athens. Once in the port, you will understand why Aegina Island is the pistachio island. The islanders use it for everything: simple pistachios, pistachios with salt or lemon, pistachios, pistachio ice cream, pistachios, caramelized pistachios, pistachios, pistachios and just about any other combination goes through your mind. The island is small and doesn’t have so many attractions but the real reason you should come here is for enjoying the view and the good food. The best way to explore the island is on foot, by bicycle or scooter. This is what we did as soon as we reached the island, but not before enjoying a perfect Frappe and the Greek…

Strolling across Comuna 13 in Medellin

Our next stop was the famous “Comuna 13” which had the most tumultuous history of the city, which was once known as the most dangerous community due to its huge homicide rates and forced displacement of thousands of residents. Comuna 13 is an over-populated and poor place situated on the west city hills. Houses are placed on top of the other like in a huge lego puzzle. This place was the center of paramilitary, guerrilla and gang activity because of its location that provided easy transportation of guns, drugs, and money. But today this place looks new as if it was reborn from its own ash. The neighborhood has embraced an era of freedom and hope! Nowadays residents aren’t afraid to leave their homes and their quality of life has increased.They started to express themselves through art like graffiti, street dance and music. Here I’ve seen the most beautiful graffiti ever. The walls became a canvas…

Following the footsteps of Notorious Drug Lord Pablo Escobar

Just before our departure to Colombia, we have read a top of the most dangerous countries on the globe and Colombia was number 1. “Ups! No way, the situation can be that bad” I said to myself. It is true that Colombia has been the playground of drun Lords for more than 50 years, but today it is a better country that attracts more and more tourists.  We spent a week in Colombia and we can say we never felt unsafe, in fact, some day we want to return to this place. Well, the reality is that after 50 years of internal conflict in which over 200,000 people died and over 4 million emigrated, things have improved. In 2016, President Juan Manuel Santos signed a peace treaty with the guerrilla group, the FARC, ending the longest conflict in the Americas. It is not all perfect, of course. Drugs are still…

The colorful streets of Cartagena

We reached the colonial city of Cartagena where the Latin spirit feels at home: colorful clothes, salsa, street dance, football and passionate people. Cartagena is famous for its culture, history and colourful colonial buildings and of course its fascinating history. From Santa Marta we took a bus that arrived in Cartagena late at night. From the bus station we caught a taxi to our hotel in Gistemaní neighborhood near the old town. That night we took part in a very interesting race on the crowded city streets. We thought that our drivers were a bite crazy but later on we realized that this was their way of driving and we were very happy to reach the hotel in one piece. At night, the town was alive, bars were full, and people were partying on the streets. We could tell that the city had its own energy. Our hotel was a very old…

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